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Amon was born in 1963 in Jerusalem.
He was ordained in Korea by Zen-Master Seung Sahn at the Hwa Gye Monastery, with the designation of monk and Meditation Teacher. Later he traveled to Japan, and studied with G.W. Nishijima, a Soto Zen-Master, from which he received a Dharma Transmission and got his Zen-Master title.
As a wandering monk, he was also trained in the Forest Monasteries of Thailand and in Tibetan Monasteries in India and Nepal. In Puna, India, he taught Zen Practices at the famous Osho Center, where he was exposed to a revolutionary approach to heal emotional wounds, a tool that is used to achieve inner balance. Master Amon is featured in Wild Divine's "Zen Journey with Master Nissim Amon"
Dr. Dean Ornish, is the founder, president, and director of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California, where he holds the Safeway Chair, and is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.
For the past 25 years, Dr. Ornish has directed clinical research demonstrating, for the first time, that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse even severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery. He recently directed the first randomized controlled trial demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may affect the progression of prostate cancer.
He is the author of five best-selling books, including New York Times bestsellers Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease, Eat More, Weigh Less, and Love and Survival. Dr. Ornish was recognized as one of the most interesting people of 1996 by People magazine, featured in the Time 100 issue on alternative medicine, and chosen by LIFE magazine as "one of the 50 most influential members of his generation." He is feautred in Wild Divine's "Relaxing Rhythms" program.
Dr. Andrew Weil is a best-selling author with more than 4 million copies in print, including Spontaneous Healing, 8 Weeks to Optimum Health, Eating Well for Optimum Health and The Healthy Kitchen. Every one of his recent books has hit the No.1 slot on the New York Times best-seller list. Dr. Weil is a frequent guest on Larry King Live and Oprah; he has also hosted his own television specials on PBS.
A Harvard Medical School graduate with an AB degree in biology (botany), Dr. Weil has traveled the world experiencing and studying healers and healing systems. He has earned an international reputation as an expert on alternative medicine, mind-body interactions and medical botany. He is feautred in Wild Divine's "Relaxing Rhythms" program.
Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. is a cancer cell biologist, a licensed psychologist, and a yoga and meditation instructor. A cofounder and former director of the Mind/Body Clinic at New England Deaconess Hospital, she has also taught at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Borysenko is a pioneer in the emerging medical field of psychoneuroimmunology. She lives in Colorado and is the author of the New York Times bestseller Minding the Body, Mending the Mind. Other books include Fire in the Soul; Guilt is the Teacher, Love is the Lesson; and On Wings of Light. She is feautred in Wild Divine's "Relaxing Rhythms" program.
Stephen Cope is a psychotherapist who studies the relationship between Western psychology and the Eastern contemplative traditions. He is currently Senior Scholar-in-Residence at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Massachusetts, and the author of Yoga and the Quest for the True Self and Awakening the Witness. He is feautred in Wild Divine's "Relaxing Rhythms" program.
Nawang Khechog was born in Tibet and spent his earliest years as the child of nomads. In his boyhood he first learned to play the bamboo flute, an ancient instrument popular in rural villages throughout Tibet. After the brutal subjugation of Tibet by Chinese Communists in 1949, Nawang and his family escaped to India. There he studied meditation and Buddhist philosophy, a path he followed as a monk for eleven years - four of them as a hermit. In 1986, he immigrated to Australia where he first performed, and his recordings achieved bestseller status.
Nawang is best known for his collaborations with Kitaro, including a world tour and performances on Kitaro's Grammy-nominated Enchanted Evening and Mandala albums. His live performances with Philip Glass, Paul Winter, Laurie Anderson, Paul Simon, Natalie Merchant, and Baba Olatunji have received international acclaim. He is feautred in Wild Divine's "Wisdom Quest" and "Relaxing Rhythms" programs.
Sharon Salzberg has studied and practiced meditation with Burmese, Indian, and Tibetan teachers for the past 25 years. She is a co-founder of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and the Insight Meditation Society, where she lives and teaches. Sharon Salzberg directs meditation retreats throughout the United States and abroad. She is the author of Loving Kindness and (on audio) Loving Kindness Meditation. She is feautred in Wild Divine's "Relaxing Rhythms" program.